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ITIL vs. DevOps: Different Viewpoints

by João Miranda on  Jun 25, 2015

The discussion on ITIL vs. DevOps is a common one. There are different views: ITIL and DevOps have different mindsets; ITIL and DevOps are compatible; they are different but both have their place in the IT department. Charles Betz, member of the Open Group IT4IT Forum, argues that their principles are at odds. ITIL is trapped in a phased workflow mindset. DevOps embraces lean product management.

Steve Smith Describes at Devoxx UK how Atlassian Does Continuous Delivery

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jun 24, 2015

Steve Smith presented at Devoxx UK 2015 how Continuous Delivery is performed within Atlassian. After the talk, we had the chance to discuss further details of his presentation and ask him a few questions.

Docker, CoreOS and Industry Coalition Create Open Container Project

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 22, 2015

At DockerCon 2015, Solomon Hykes announced that a broad coalition of vendors, users and industry leaders are coming together to form the Open Container Project (OCP) for the express purpose of defining common specifications around container format and runtime. The OCP will be run under the auspices of the Linux Foundation as a minimalist, non-profit, openly governed project.

Scaling the Stack Overflow Monolithic App by Obsessing Over Performance

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 21, 2015 4

At QCon New York 2015, David Fullerton presented a deep-dive into the monolithic C# / MS SQL architecture that powers the Stack Overflow website, which handles over 4 billion requests per month. Fullerton argued that by focusing on performance, scalability was included ‘almost for free’; and that by minimising the number of external application services, the need to pay ‘SOA tax’ has been avoided.

Monitoring Microservices and Containers: A Challenge by Adrian Cockcroft

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 21, 2015

At GlueCon 2015, Adrian Cockcroft presented a list of rules for monitoring microservice and container-based applications. In addition to these guidelines, Cockcroft also highlighted a series of challenges for monitoring cloud-native container-based systems, and introduced his ‘Spigo/simianviz’ microservice simulation and visualisation tool.

Jetty 9.3 Celebrates 20th Anniversary, adds HTTP/2 Support

by Matt Raible on  Jun 19, 2015

On June 12, 2015, the Jetty Project released version 9.3 of their flagship open source embedded application server, that day being the 20th anniversary of the project's beginning. Features of the release include HTTP/2 server (and client) support, Java 8 as a minimum, more Java NIO integration and an overhauled scheduler. They also removed SPDY networking support and fixed over 400 bugs.

Microsoft Classifies Older Versions of Ask Toolbar as Malware

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jun 18, 2015

Microsoft is now classifying as malware and blocking the installation of older versions of the Ask Toolbar, currently bundled within the Java installer; however, the latest version of the toolbar will still work with no problems. The decision aligns with Microsoft recent’s policy to classify as malware any search protection code: code that prevents the user from changing the default search engine.

Newest NLog Improves Exception Logging, Adds JSON/Zip support

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 18, 2015

NLog 4.0 has been released, and it brings improved exception logging, adds conditional logging, and support for JSON and Zip archives.

Password Manager LastPass Suffers Hacking Attack

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 17, 2015

The web-based LastPass password management service has been hacked according to the company, and the result is that some user data, including email addresses and authentication hashes were obtained by unknown assailants. The breach highlights the risks users take by storing all of their passwords in a centralized location.

Plumbr Adds Slow Query Detection

by Matt Raible on  Jun 15, 2015

JVM monitoring vendor Plumbr has added slow query detection to its flagship product. With this addition, Plumbr now detects four types of problems: Memory Leaks, Garbage Collection Inefficiencies, Locked Threads and Expensive JDBC Operations.

RedHat Microservices Architecture Developer Day London

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 15, 2015 5

Last week, RedHat hosted a "Microservices Architecture Developer Day" in London, and presented a set of technologies and patterns that can be used to create microservice-based applications using open-source solutions like Kubernetes, Docker, Fabric8 and Maven. Read on for more details about the day, including links to the presentations and demo videos.

Oracle Proposes G1 as the Default Garbage Collector for Java 9

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jun 14, 2015 8

Oracle is considering including JEP 248, making G1 the default garbage collector on server configurations, into the list of JEPs targeting Java 9. The decision has triggered some debate among the Java community, with many arguing that the CMS collector could have been more suitable.

Too Big To Fail: Lessons Learnt from Google and HealthCare.gov

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 14, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Nori Heikkinen shared stories of failure and lessons learnt during her time working as a site reliability engineer (SRE) at Google and HealthCare.gov. The discussion of managing large-scale outages included recommendations for preparation, response, analysis and prevention.

Building 'Failure as a Service' at Netflix without the Simian Army

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Kolton Andrus discussed Netflix’s Failure Injection Testing (FIT) platform, which allows the injection and monitoring of arbitrary failure scenarios to a targeted group of customers using the Netflix production web services. FIT allows Netflix to maintain an ‘antifragile’ programming culture, which results in the creation of systems that are resilient to failure.

Twenty Minutes to Production with Zero Downtime using Docker

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015 1

At QCon New York 2015, Paul Payne discussed a project at Nordstrom that required modifying and re-deploying a live application service within twenty minutes, which was made possible due to the use of Go-based microservices, Docker container technology, and a continuous delivery methodology.

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